From Old French almanach, from Medieval Latin almanachus, from Andalusian Arabic الْمَنَاخ (al-manāḵ, “almanac, calendar”), from Arabic الْمُنَاخ (al-munāḵ, “climate”) or Late Ancient Greek ἀλμενιχιακά (almenikhiaká, “calendar”), perhaps of Coptic origin. The middle syllable -man- may be cognate with moon and month, or else was influenced by Proto-Indo-European *mens- (“moon, month”).
- (General American) IPA(key): [ˈɔl.mə.næk], [ˈæl-]
- (cot–caught merger, Canada) IPA(key): [ˈɑl.mə.næk], [ˈæl-]
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): [ˈɔːl.mə.næk], [ˈɒl-]
- Hyphenation: al‧ma‧nac
almanac (plural almanacs)
- (astronomy, navigation) A book or table listing nautical, astronomical, astrological or other events for the year; sometimes, but not essentially, containing historical and statistical information.
- A handbook, typically published annually, containing information on a particular subject